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Standing Stones of Urquhart, stone circle 550m north east of Innesmill

A Scheduled Monument in Fochabers Lhanbryde, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.661 / 57°39'39"N

Longitude: -3.1925 / 3°11'33"W

OS Eastings: 328943

OS Northings: 864079

OS Grid: NJ289640

Mapcode National: GBR L8HG.S9D

Mapcode Global: WH6J8.XPXW

Entry Name: Standing Stones of Urquhart, stone circle 550m NE of Innesmill

Scheduled Date: 26 August 1927

Last Amended: 7 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1221

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Urquhart

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Fochabers Lhanbryde

Traditional County: Morayshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a stone circle of the Neolithic period or the Bronze Age. It is being rescheduled to clarify the area protected, as the original documentation is very old and the map of poor quality.

At least 4 of the stones appear to be in situ. The site is most probably the remains of a robbed recumbent stone circle. The surviving stones lie in the southern part of a circle that would have been about 33m in diameter. Pits, stoneholes, postholes, burials and other features associated with the circle may survive in the area between and around the stones.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 50m N-S by 55m E-W, to include the visible stones, the area that would originally have been occupied by the circle when complete, and features, associated with the erection and use of the circle, which may lie in the vicinity, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance, even though not, at first sight, well preserved. The buried archaeological features that probably survive around the visible stones have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of this relatively unexplored class of monument. This site is of particular importance as it lies at the westernmost edge of the known distribution of recumbent stone circles.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NJ 26 SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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